I'm really starting to get in the Christmas mood - I know, I know, Thanksgiving is on Thursday - have to get past that first. We'll be celebrating at our house this year - as we always celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. All the ex-pats get together to celebrate our former lives in America and New York. Anyway, back to Christmas, this time of year is always a bit mad for me. It all kicks off with Sophia's birthday on December 8th , The Immaculate Conception. This year Sophia turns 10. We always light our tree on that night and since Santa is alive and well in our house still....I'm trying to drum up stocking stuffers ahead of time so I don't spend a fortune at the last minute. The other day, my public relations friend in New York - Nicole Gill Ottinger, sent me along some wonderful photographs from Red Ticking. Owned by Pamela Robinson,
the shop is based in Seattle, Washington. Like most creative people, Pamela finds inspiration everywhere - from flea markets in Paris to farm houses and seaside resorts. All these influence what she buys and how she stays ahead and on top of home decor trends.
Her shop is all ready for Christmas and I found it inspiring in a simple, curl up by the fire under a thick throw, cosy kind of way. These simple ideas like some antlers in a chicken wire basket or big pine cones with a dusting of white are easy to duplicate at home if you have the time or the resources! What I mean is it doesn't take a lot to make a home sparkle for Christmas - sometimes it can be introducing more candles and lighting them instead of traditional lights - have you seen a room flickering with candle light recently?
Pamela also has a knack for sourcing the most beautiful French vintage fabrics along with lamps, chandeliers, tabletop items, pillows and luxury items like Matteo sheets and Libeco table linens. There are custom made lamp shades and piles of interior design books for inspiration.